Russia is against entering the Gateway mission to the moon

The chief of Russia’s space agency revealed that they would be defecting from entering the Gateway mission, NASA’s Artemis mission to the moon, saying the mission is more favorable to the US alone. Although the Gateway mission aligns with the International Space Station programs, Russia denounced any plans to join in this project, saying that the US plays a central role in this mission.

Speaking at the International Astronautical Congress last week, Dmitry Rogozin of Russia’s Roscosmos stated that his nation is an unlikely participant in the upcoming Gateway program to the moon since its participation or non-participation has equal outcomes. Rogozin admitted that they would not participate in this program since the US plays a monopolistic role in the mission, although they might join in small bits when their help is needed.

Rogozin articulated that the program’s problem is the US’s unseen control, which makes crucial decisions that should have involved all the countries participating in the mission. He added that the mission regulations are favorable to the US and hoped that the program’s key leaders could incorporate international cooperation principles for the program to be relevant.

Rogozin admitted that Russia’s participation would be certain if the international principles are adhered to instead of the few unverified principles discussed by a country’s clique to guide the Gateway Artemis lunar mission.

NASA explained that Russia has not gone through the Gateway lunar program because they would have realized they are applying the international principles that Rogozin is talking about in Russia’s submission. Additionally, NASA stated that it is working out a conclusive strategy to bring in intergovernmental agreements while developing the Artemis Accords that they can incubate in the Artemis lunar mission.

NASA’s administrator Jim Bridenstine explained that Russia is paranoid and fears the US might witness its advanced technology in spacecraft development since it is unaware of the intergovernmental agreements that can help it freely participate in the Gateway lunar mission. He added that they are observing all the regulations and connections that the International Space Station follows to maintain a transparent international docking site in space. 

Bridenstine revealed that NASA is working on a plan that integrates the ISS regulations into the Gateway program to indicate its dedication and adherence to international cooperation regulations. He also reported that they had sent a proposal to Roscosmos, giving them the terms for participation that apply to all the participating countries. The country is yet to respond.

Bridenstine admitted that they are still improving the standards, although they are yet to reach the International Space Station mark. He said they are working on the restoration of the criteria that Roscosmos articulated in their submission to disagree and halt their participation in this program.

In conclusion, Bridenstine welcomed Russia’s idea of working independently to reach the moon, saying that they can offer emergency help if the Gateway mission strays at some point. He admitted that they are outlining strategies that will help realize the program’s commonality for inclusive participation by various space agencies.